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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

7 things that might surprise you about blogging!

When I started my blog, back in June, I really had no idea what was in store for me.

I had admired, and read, other blogs but had never really commented or interacted with them.
Having nothing valuable to say,  it was better to keep quiet....wasn't it?
I also felt that I knew absolutely nothing about blogging or computers.
This blogging business was way out of my league.

However, I was so keen to write...I love writing and had attempted many short stories but they just did not satisfy me.
I wanted to write about style, fashion and clothes.
But, how could I ?
I am not a professional fashionista, I don't work in the fashion industry...I am a normal person, with a job and a family.
Who would care what I had to say?

Then, one day I decided to read the "Blogging tips" section at Not dressed as lamb.
I suddenly realised that this fabulous blogger was a 'normal' too.
Talented? Yes...but still a real person just like you and I.
It was like a lightbulb had been switched on.
If she can do it then why not me?

I did not know where to start so I followed her (and other bloggers) tips, step-by-step.
I was confused at first, but once I understood what I wanted to achieve, I realised that I could actually do it!

And it has become a bit of an obsession....


1. Blogging takes over your life.


I am not being over-dramatic here...it really does!
You suddenly find yourself thinking about your blog all of the time.

Work, life, housework goes on the back burner.
You spend your days making mental notes about inspirational things you see.
Research, photos, writing, editing, searching the internet for items you need to make a look work.
Reading blogs, reading magazines, commenting on blogs, interacting, answering comments, reading emails....the list goes on and is endless.


You really have to put in the hours.
More importantly....you really have to WANT to put in the hours.




2. You will not make an easy fortune, blogging.


Okay, so you might make lots of money....one day...when you are an enormous success BUT it will NEVER be easy.

And, when you start out blogging... it costs you money.

You suddenly need clothes and shoes and bags...in fact everything, and now!
Unfortunately, companies are not falling over themselves to send you these things that you need for 'free'.
In fact, even if they did, the hours you put into organising and writing posts would make you on the worst hourly rate EVER!

You will also want to buy a lot of tech.

Your computer is too slow and that is before you realise that your camera is not up to scratch....
Oh, and you want that fabulous lens to get the photographic effects you want....and all of the kit that goes along with that.

I have an enormous list of "one day"s.



3. Blogging could make you unfit.


This one seems odd BUT it is all too easy (especially for a lazybones like me) to spend hours and hours on your blog either sitting at a desk....or lying on a sofa or bed.
{That last one is me!}
It is all to easy to neglect your dog walking duties or fitness regime and go a little squishy!
You need to make extra effort to get up and about.
Sometimes I am so engrossed in my blog that I get pins and needles!
Not good.


4.Your IRL (in real life) friends might not support your blogging venture.


I remember when I got to 1000 page views.
I was beyond excited.
And keen to share my news.
In true "bubble-bursting" style, somebody said to me,

"Well, that is just{insert your friends name here} and your Mum looking at your blog hundreds of times, isn't it!?"

Well, actually No.
My closest IRL friend had NEVER looked at my blog.
No, really.....never!!
Until I, recently, asked her just to take a peek.
She reluctantly read my 'About Me' page.
And her response?
"Cool, whatever, but not really my thing."

Your friends may not be intereseted (at all) in your blogging subject.
But, on the bright side, there are 6 billion other people on the planet, who might be!


I added this funny photograph because, if my blog were about dogs my close friend would be my biggest fan!


5. Other blogs (in your category) are NOT your 'competition'.


I half expected other bloggers, who were my demographic, to be a little bitchy and competitive.
Sometimes women IRL can be, so I assumed the blogging world would be similar.

However, it did not take me long to realise that these blogging people are naturally positive and supportive (Maybe it is one of the traits you need to be a blogger?).
And, instead of feeling like a teeny fish in a huge pond of bigger and more powerful fish, I feel like I have been given protection by the shoal.
These potential "rivals" are actually supporters and friends.

Other bloggers, blogging about the same things I love to blog about, are also readers of my blog (and vice versa).

And, If I ever have a problem or a question, I know there is a VAST amount of knowledge and experience out there.

It is a big group of like-minded, and supportive, women and I love being part of it.
Thank you ladies!


6. You need social media to blog sucessfully.


Ok, you don't actually NEED social media but my goodness, it helps!

I really like Pinterest and Twitter but, I had seriously outgrown Facebook...I deleted my account earlier in the year.
I have had to reinstate it as I know it is a popular network for women my age.
(I honestly don't like it much and don't check it as often as I should)
Sometimes though, you just need to do what you have to do!

I am happy to say that I have discovered the joy of Instagram.
Why wasn't I on it sooner?
It is great fun!
If you don't have it already, I highly recommend it.

I have limited myself to 4 social networks.
I know I should do more but I just can't find the time.
My housework is slipping and dinners need cooked, a dog needs walked and ironing needs done....oh, not to mention my bill-paying job too.

There really are not enough (blogging) hours in the day!



7. You will learn LOADS of things about computers and cameras.


This was a real eye-opener for me.
I was on the steepest learning curve of my life...and having so much fun with it!
I have learned so much, and there is still so much more to do.
Other blogs are great for tips, as well as youtube videos.
{What did we do before youtube?}

I have even learned some basic coding.
Get me...coding! Hahaha

Here is a tip for siging off a comment on my blog with a link to your site.
{You can link to a blog or a Instagram picture or a twitter account, anything you want}

<a href="Insert your link's URL"> The text you want to appear in the comment</a>

Once you have typed it a few times it becomes so easy...try it... it is fab! 


If you are thinking of starting your own blog...go for it!


There is a world of help and information out there to get you started and to help you get what you want achieve out of your blogging.
Whether it is help with the look of your blog, or branding, or photography tips...It is all out there and there are some lovely bloggers more than happy to help you!


Are you thinking of starting your own blog?
Or are you a fellow addict?
Please let me know in the comments.


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25 comments

  1. Great post! How long do you blog already. You said June, but deleted facebook earlier this year. Did I miss s.th?
    High Latitude Style

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    1. Yes, I started my blog in June...after deleting Facebook. I then reinstated it....I am not a fan, but I know many women my age are. I much prefer Instagram and Twitter :oD XXX

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  2. mwahaha, such a great post, and everything is absolutely true (in my case)!
    Blogging is time consuming, and takes over your life: now running errands is not just a useful activity, it's an opportunity to take pics!
    Obviously, many of my friends don't share my love for fashion, but it's delightful to have a blog to share and comment whatever I like!
    Not a huge fan of social media, but I've learned something about them (and also about photography!)
    Lovely to read your post, you've got a lot of talent!
    besos

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    1. I am so glad you agree, Monica. And, thank you for your lovely comment. Instagram is my favourite Media....Pretty pictures and no "moaning or boasting" which is good! XXX

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  3. This is all true! Absolutely every point:)

    irenethayer.com

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  4. I've been blogging for some time now, not for money but just because I like to write about my crafting, vintage finds, people I meet or anything that floats my boat
    There are so many places to visit so I stick to Facebook & Instagram, occasionally looking at Pinterest for workshop inspiration.
    Blogging did take over my life at the beginning but I think I have a happy medium now.
    I'm enjoying your Samantha
    Lynn x
    www.oneimadeearliertoday.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I am glad you have reached a balance, Lynn. I am still at the all-consuming stage (I even dream about it). I was under no illusions that I would make money and I have no intention of ever compromising the tone or feel of my blog in order to do that. I admire bloggers that have monetized their blog without losing the personal touch (Catherine @notlamb does it very well). It really stands out when a post has been done purely for a freebie or for the sake of making a few pounds. I never read those. I am very lucky to have a regular-income job (that is also part-time) to pay the bills. My blog takes up the rest of my time and I can't complain at all, because I love it! So much fun.....and I have "met" some lovely people too. :oD. Thank you. XXX

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  5. yeah blogging takes over. I often catch myself in every situation on though of how I might put it up in the blog. As write about my own personal style I tend to make an outfit of anything. I just can't simply throw any t-shirt and jeans to go for a walk with my dogs, no! it has to be an outfit normal outfit which I could put on my blog. Talking with other bloggers is so interesting, reading other blogs, looking through images... I usually try to limit my time but often end up with 5 more minutes which last hours...
    I can't say blogging gives me money but I did actually bought something from money I got from my blog (domain for my blog and some clothes I needed). Having items for free is such a pain! Ones I got amazing dress from the shop I loved it on picture and when I put it on I realized it doesn't fit at all and I look like a 10yearold wearing mom's dress. It was such a pain to turn it to outfit...
    As for social media - I'm stuck with instagram and Facebook (but fb is mostly for chatting with my non-blogger friends to be honest). Pinterest is a big love of mine but usually I tend to absent for a week and then suddenly add 10 new pins on whatever subject.

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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    1. Thank you for your HUGE comment Lyosha...I loved reading it.
      I still throw on any old scabby thing to walk the dog (this morning was faded black jeans, a scandinavian wool jumper, an enormous waterproof coat and my walking boots. It is wild here. My wool coats would be soggy messes!
      I was really interested in your comment about freebies being a pain.
      I imagined that it would be, but thought I was just being silly....I have only received hosiery and it was from a shop that I use a lot (I have spent a fortune over the years) and they let me choose, so it worked out perfectly. It was also easy to recommend someone I had been recommending for years anyway. I was offered jewellry, but it was not my style at all..... (However, If Tatty devine ever contacts me, that IS my style..hahahaha). I don't think I could wear something that I was not 100% happy about. I think I am quite stubborn, really :oD
      I need to get back into pinterest, I was on it all of the time pre-blog. You can find anything there.
      Thank you for reminding me and thank you for your great comment.
      XXX

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  6. Great post ! I agree with everything you wrote ! I am also not a fan of Facebook and prefer Instagram so far, I used to tweet a lot but honestly I do it less and I have been using FB more but mostly because it is more popular. I only told about my blog to a couple of friends, most of my friends IRL don't even know I have one. I have always been a shopaholic, blogging only made it worse ! I have been blogging since January 2011, before I had another kind of blog, only writing and no pictures. In some days now I just feel like turning my pc off, it can be overwhelming right ?. You are right about the community and the support. I love your style and hope we will get to know each other better and better ! Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

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    1. Thank you Vale!
      Facebook always struck me as a place to boast or moan and I got very tired of it, I love instagram too Much more fun...and pretty pictures!
      I did not tell people about my blog for ages...I was embarrassed I suppose. But now, as it has taken over my life, I talk about it. I suppose it is the same as talking about any hobby. I hope we get to know each other better too...now that I have discovered your blog (and enviable shoe collection). XXX

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  7. Samantha thank you so much for the mention - what a great post (again)!! It's interesting reading it from a newer blogger's POV because it reminds me of all the things I discovered in my first year. You're right, it TOTALLY takes over your life. I can't remember what life without my blog was like!!

    You're spot-on about social media - I didn't use ANY in my first year. Facebook was always the one I resisted: I hate it to death and have never used it for personal reasons. However once I realised what sort of people were using it and the sort of posts they were liking and commenting on it became tolerable, even enjoyable. Still can't stand it as a platform though, it's so confusing and user unfriendly :((

    You're doing so great and I'm proud to be someone that you look to for guidance... I'm always happy to help. You're miles ahead of me at the same stage, so just keep doing what you're doing and you'll be on your way to superstardom in no time, haha!! ;))

    Catherine x

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    1. Hahaha...thank you Catherine!
      I always recommend your blog to other bloggers and my IRL friends (that are into fashion)...your blog tips are the easiest to read and understand, without being patronising...which is a real knack.
      And, you have managed to monetize your blog without seeming distasteful and insincere...which is an incredible skill! Your sponsored posts etc are never off putting, as I have felt about others, and you always make me feel like I am a valued reader... this is so important. So thank you for that! XXX

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  8. I started in June as well. :) This is a great post!!! I didn't realize how time consuming it would be and with having 3 kids I can't afford endless amounts of clothes. Lol!!!! I really do need a better camera though most of mine are taken with my iPhone.
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com

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    1. IPhone cameras are great though, aren't they? I am an avid ebayer and charity shopper so the clothes thing is not a problem, as for my kids....they don't need shoes do they?!?! hahahaha XXX

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  9. Exactly! I agree with it all and couldn't have said it any better, especially number 3. Must get my butt off of the chair more often.

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  10. Hi Samantha, I'm a fellow addict and when I started I had no idea of how much time blogging would take or how much I would learn through blogging. The first bit of coding I managed that worked I very nearly wet myself I was that excited. And what did the rest of the family do? Roll their eyeballs, that's what!

    I am strict with myself when it comes to exercising and do workout when planned as it is so easy to put our blogs before our health. Feel goo, write better (maybe)!

    I love Twitter, now I've got the hang of it, but have never liked Facebook, although I do have an account and page for my blog.

    xx

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    1. Hi Debbie. Me too! I was so excited when my little bit of code worked...my kids told me they knew how to do that anyway! hahahaha...bubble burst. Thank you for reminding me about exercise. I need to do more. Having said that, I have sat on my bum all night since I got in from work...4 hours! Opps. Pins and needles time :oP XXX

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  11. In a nutshell, this is exactly what I teach in my basic blogging workshops. #WorldStylelinkupparty

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  12. I'm so pleased to have stumbled across this post Samantha! I've been thinking about creating a food related blog (gluten & dairy free made simple)for a long time now but have been avoiding just getting started as it seems all a bit overwhelming, but my enthusiasm has been re-ignited and I'm inspired by your what you have shared here. I'm lovin your style also! :)

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    1. I don't know your name but you MUST get that blog started!
      Don't worry about being "perfect" just get what you want to say out there for other people to read and enjoy.
      Don't forget to tweet me a link to your first post so I can have a look.
      Good luck!
      XXX

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